They'll Miss Me When I'm Gone: A Symposium on the Blues
Join a musical conversation on the history and legacy of the blues with performances from Pat Conte and Joe Bellulovich, Blind Boy Paxton, and the Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues - some of New York City's finest practitioners of blues, old-time, jug band, country, folk and gospel music.
Pat Conte, musicologist, radio personality and producer of "The Secret Museum of Mankind" series on Yazoo Records, will join Joe Bellulovich to play old-time music, primitive blues and archaic songs. Conte has a deep voice and fabulous guitar skills that bring to life the pre-blues that he loves. He will be joined on harmonica and guitar by Bellulovich, who was was a member of The Empire State Candy Dancers with Conte and Bob Guida.
Songster, busker and itinerant bluesman Blind Boy Paxton has been called the “living embodiment of the true blues in the 21st century." He presents multiple blues styles on various instruments, showcasing a stunning mental archive of American folk culture spanning more than a century. This show-stopping purveyor of blues, old-time and jazz on guitar, banjo and fiddle is certainly not to be missed.
Good for what ails you and rowdy as a back-alley medicine show, the Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues performs traditional and original jug band music with all the heart of Beale Street. The Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues plays in the New York City subways as a part of the MUNY (Music Under New York) program, sponsored by the MTA. The group is comprised of members of the former jug bands Brooklyn Jugs and Jug Free America. Ernesto "Lovercat" Gomez, Arturo "Jugman" Stiles, Ernie "El Santo/El Diablo" Papa Vega, Geoff “Mon Capitan” Wiley, Jackson "Money" Lynch and Downtown Rashad Brown will cure your lovesick blues.
Schedule of Events
12-12:30 Student Lounge - 522
Music and Light Refreshments - Selections focusing on blues, race, and politics.
12:30-2 Student Lounge - 522 Session I
“Alan Lomax and the Deep River of Song” - Nathan Salsburg, archivist and producer for the Alan Lomax Archive, joins with Amanda Petrusich to discuss archives and ethnomusicology, folk music, popular culture, and the creation of "the blues."
2- 2:30 Student Lounge - 522 Music - Selections & Field Recordings from the Alan Lomax Archive
4- 5pm Student Lounge - 522 "Playing the Blues Today" - Performance and Q&A with slide guitarist Willy Gantrim.
6:30pm Doors open for concert in Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
*FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*
7- 9:30 Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts They'll Miss Me When I'm Gone: Live performances from Pat Conte and Joe Bellulovich, Blind Boy Paxton, and the Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues - some of New York City's finest practitioners of blues, old-time, jug band, country, folk and gospel music.
"They'll Miss Me When I'm Gone" is brought to you by Gallatin Student Resource Fund recipient Anna Duensing, Ernie Vega and the Gallatin Office of Student Life.